Uniform rules for GCC citizens at universities

Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil addresses the 21st GCC higher education meeting.

Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil addresses the 21st GCC higher education meeting.

Rectors of higher education in the Gulf Cooperation Council recently discussed the possibility of allowing GCC citizens to study at universities of member states with the terms of admission and privileges same as their nationals.

The event was attended by GCC Secretary-General Abdulatif Al-Zayani and top educational personalities from GCC member states.

They also explored ways of improving the Arabic content in the face of the growing technological advancement in all fields of education.

The need for enriching the Arabic terminology figured prominently at the 21st meeting of the GCC higher education institutions at the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMISU), which was inaugurated by Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

Speaking on the occasion, Al-Dakhil said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is committed to support joint action among GCC states for higher education. This could be done by creating an environment conducive to research and development at the pan-Gulf level.

“Education is the cornerstone of development, a real investment in the Gulf in building human capital,” he observed, pointing out that universities are incubators of ideas which lead to growth and development of our country.”

Describing it as a timely event for the GCC countries, the minister called on the committee members to work out on a mechanism for promoting interaction among these institutions in the region for the benefit of the Gulf economy.

IMSIU acting Rector Fawzan bin Abdulrahman Al-Fawzan said:

“We discussed fair treatment of the GCC students wishing to pursue higher studies in any GCC member university in the admission process, whether in training programs or in the field of community participation in higher education institutions.”

He added: “We also tackled how to exchange of information databases and take advantage of the available potential.”


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